Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment Oklahoma City

Restoring balance to the life of an individual with Borderline Personality Disorder is part of the mental health mission of The Meehl House. After diagnosis, Oklahoma residents can turn to The Meehl House to learn how to effectively live daily with Borderline Personality Disorder.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a psychotherapy system that is used to treat mental disorders including borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder. The overall aim of the therapy is to reduce the symptoms of emotional dis-regulation. But what exactly does it involve?  DBT is a talking therapy that was originally developed by Marsha Linehan. It is based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), but it has been adapted so that it meets the needs of people who experience intense emotions.

It has four components: Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Distress Tolerance, and Emotional Regulation. Here are some more details on each of these.

Mindfulness involves teaching individuals a range of essential skills. These include how to participate in life experiences and to observe them without thinking of them as good or bad. It is focused on observing, participating, and describing.

Interpersonal Effectiveness helps patients learn to assert their needs while managing conflict in relationships. It involves helping the patient to develop strategies for asking for what they need, how to say no, and how to cope with conflict by applying interpersonal skills to specific situations.

Distress Tolerance is focused on helping the individual to learn how to deal with distress and to accept it as part of life. It focuses on helping them to find the meaning for it and to learn how to bear the pain. It is all about accepting oneself and the situation.

Emotional Regulation focuses on learning how to manage emotional reactions. Patients may become angry, anxious, and depressed, and this component works to identify these emotions and increase awareness of them so that they can be managed better.

How It Can Help with Treatment

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is used to treat a range of conditions, which can include BPD, symptoms of which can include attempted suicide, self-harming, controlling emotions with drugs, and eating problems. DBT is used to help change unhelpful behaviors, and it focuses on accepting who you are.

Find Out More About Our Treatment

If you or someone you know suffers from bipolar disorder, BPD, or an addiction, speak to us about the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy we provide at the Meehl Center. We will be happy to answer any questions you have to help you decide whether it is the right option for you.  We take only 4 clients at a time, making sure you are a correct fit for our program is critical.

This wholistic center tends to each resident’s mind, body and spirit as a fundamental elements of the program. Behavior therapy and skills training are combined with strategies for protecting, strengthening and caring for the body and providing resources to helping a resident cultivate a stronger sense of the value of spiritual strength. These skills and strategies are taught over the course of a 90 day stay at the DBT treatment center’s facility.

Choosing the residential treatment center at The Meehl House can provide numerous benefits for an individual with BPD. 24 hour access to the DBT team allows a resident to address a distressful or emotional situation as it is occurring, and put learned DBT skills and life skills into practice immediately. The cohesiveness of the DBT team, including a psychiatrist, therapist, skills trainer, hypnotherapist and program director, means all team members are aware of the particular situation and needs of each individual. The residential treatment center also provides an atmosphere of continuous support from fellow residents, family visitors and the founders of The Meehl Foundation, Mark and Debra Meehl, DD, who live at The Meehl House.

Access to all staff members of The Meehl House is also provided to residents upon their return home to Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Norman and beyond. Inquiries can be made at 979-798-7972 and more information about The Meehl House can be found online at


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Debra Meehl

Debra Meehl, DD Pastoral Counselor, DBT Trained Skills Trainer, Board Certified Hypnotist & President, Meehl Foundation Intenselevly Tained DBT Team

Speaking Engagements
Texas TAAP Convention-San Antonio, TX
August 15, 2014 (11:00am-12:30am)
West Coast Symposium- Cape Cod
Bipolar Borderline & Substance Abuse
Sept, 13, 2014 (10:45am-12:15am)
NAADAC- Seattle, WA
Radical Acceptance-Getting to the root of the problem
September 28,2014 (1:30pm-3:00pm)
NASW-Texas State Conference
Bipolar Borderline & Substance Abuse
San Marcos, TX October 18, 2014 (2:30pm-4:00pm)
NASW-Atlanta, GA State Conference
Using DBT Therapy for Mood Disorders and SA October 23, 2014 (9:00am-12:15)
Radical Acceptance-getting to the root of the problem
October 24th, 2014 (1:30pm -3pm)
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